Amy Riggio speaks to Wilton Rotary on Builders Beyond Borders (B3)

Amy Schroeder-Riggio, Executive Director, from Builders Beyond Borders (B3) was the speaker at the Wilton Rotary Club this past Friday. Amy presented an excellent program on the important projects which B3 does and how it impacts the lives of young people.

B3 gives high school students opportunities to experience local and global community service through building projects in the U.S. and abroad.  They sponsor programs in Peru, Honduras, Brazil, Guatemala, Ecuador, Cuba, Tobago, Chile, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica Nicaragua and Guyana.  Over 350 students from 25 area high schools are on teams which are sent with leaders to work on projects during school vacations.  B3 works closely with other social service agencies and Rotary clubs abroad.  Students need to fundraise 80% of the costs, B3 contributes 20%.  Many projects are for improving water supply, sanitation, better living conditions and constructing schools in developing countries.  Locally, they have established 40 community gardens.  10 students from Wilton High are involved.

If that last name  Riggio sounds familiar, and it should, it is worth pointing out that Amy is married to Westport Rotary President Tony Riggio who last March was written up in the Rotarian Magazine for his involvement in a B3 water project in Latin America <click here to read that story>.

Wilton Rotary Carnival – Rotarians At Play

The Wilton CT Rotary Club ran their annual Carnival at the Wilton High School this weekend. The 3-day long carnival is currently their biggest annual fundraiser so it was all hands on deck for this event and no clowning around (they need big yellow shoes first).

The weather mostly cooperated and crowds came in surges with everyone seeming to be having a great time on the rides, enjoying the carnival food and the games of chance. They even added a ‘Frog Pond’ game in PDG’s Rupi’s honor but he was no where to be found.

The Wilton Rotary Club is a highly motivated and very organized mid-sized club that is always a pleasure to visit.

Official Visit #24 – Wilton Rotary Club

It is always a pleasure visiting the Wilton Rotary Club as they are a friendly group of hardworking Rotarians that meet at a great venue, are well organized with meetings are always fun to around.

The Wilton Rotary Club is a very active mid-sized club with 37 members which does a considerable amount of projects in their community and supports important causes internationally including:

Wilton Projects

The Club has a pretty good handle on communications; especially with their website, which is clean and informative and features all critical information about the club front and center. They also publish an informative weekly newsletter called the Drummer which keeps members informed of club activities including their calendar of events. All issues of the Drummer are available on their website.

The annual upcoming Carnival is one of the Wilton Rotary’s main fund raising activities. It will be held near the Wilton High School tennis courts on Route 7 from Sept 20 through the 22nd.

President Paul Burnham has started a weekly fellowship called Monday at Marly’s where a group of members and friends are welcome to join him for some relaxing conversation, drinks and dinner. Marly’s in Wilton is where the club meets on Friday’s for their lunch meeting. Lunch meetings always have a definite ending time but not so fellowships on Monday’s.

Join President Paul for either a fellowship on Monday nights or at their regular meeting on a Friday for lunch at Marly’s in Wilton.